Monday, October 15, 2007

Koh Samui, Thailand -- Hotels

Koh Samui, Thailand is a truly exotic paradise, full of coconut trees and filled with the sweet smell of green curry floating along the warm island air. Samui is the third largest island of Thailand, but is quite small, which really allows you to experience the Thai culture and lifestyle.

Yoga on Samui

As you approach for landing, you will see that Samui boasts and quaint and tropical open-air airport. Constructed out of tree trunks and lush foliage, you will know you are on vacation as soon as you land. A colorful little trolley will drive you to the baggage claim area, where you can actually see the airport employees placing your bag on the conveyor belt. Don't bother with a cart, because as soon as you step away from the airport, there are only dirt roads. Luckily, there will be many happy Thai men waiting to give you a lift to your hotel.

You should have a hotel in mind, otherwise, the driver will try to convince you to go to a certain hotel, telling you that is is nice and cheap. However, beware of this. It is not just a friendly tip, but rather the driver has contracts with hotels and will tell you anything to get you to go there. Once in a while, it may be a gem. But I would go with a plan in mind or at least have him drop you off a Chaweng Beach where the beach is lined with cute little hotels.

We stayed at the Chaweng Resort and the Chaweng Buri, both fantastic hotels. The Resort had a nice workout room and huge breakfast in the mornings. The bungalows were nice sized, but beware of the mosquitos that come in the air-conditioning vents. The Buri was also very nice, with beautiful bungalows near the beach. They also served a nice breakfast, but did not have many beach chairs, so get there early.

Deluxe bungalow at Chaweng Resort

If you are interested in staying at a beach that is more peaceful and relaxing, with less touists, try the The Samudra Retreat (formerly Samui Peninsula Spa & Resort) located just North of Chaweng Beach. It is more costly than the Chaweng hotels, but it is worth it.

The Samudra Resort

There is a small island to the North that you can walk to when the tide is low. But don't stay long, or you'll be swimming home.

Visiting the uninhabited island North of the Peninsula

There are also wonderful restaurants lining the beach. They serve you while you recline in beach chairs and enjoy the view.

Outdoor dining on the Peninsula


Anonymous said...

ko samui is using US dollar or thai bath ??

Ashley said...

They use the Baht. It is usually roughly $1 = 35-40 THB

Hank Freid said...

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Jaz said...

Guest house is usually has rates cheaper than a hotel’s.

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